“The encounter between past and present, between here and there, often results in […] a renewed identity transcending geographical, national, and cultural boundaries. The narrator’s experience shows that her becoming a transcultural individual is driven by her affiliations with many inspirational women that she encountered over the course of her migratory journey from Vietnam to Canada. […] An Tịnh follows the footsteps of many ordinary women from her distant motherland as she moves forward to reconcile her old self with her new identity: a dynamic that eventually becomes transcultural. Her transcultural identity keeps her from settling down on a fixed or reducible cultural identity. “
Xinyi Tan, “Ru by Kim Thúy: A Transcultural Tale of Mother-Daughter Lineage and Maternal Legacy” (Lingua Romana 16.1, Spring 2022)